19 Jan Discovering Puertollano
One of the main symbols of Puertollano is its Fuente Agria, located on the spectacular Paseo de San Gregorio. The origin of this source comes from the terrain itself, which was volcanic, which has made possible the existence of sour water, slightly gasified and with a high ferruginous content in many localities. This water comes from the mountains and when mixed with certain metals it leaves gas and with a very peculiar iron flavor and wing that is granted beneficial properties for the organism, due to its high mineral-medicinal value. In fact, many years ago they used it for therapeutic purposes, to make baths, since apparently it was one of the best remedies for skin diseases, for chronic conditions or intestinal crises.
Although the Fuente Agria is one of the must-see stops on your getaway to Puertollano, it is also worth mentioning the 16th century Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church. Another important religious monument is the Hermitage of the Virgin of Grace, in which the patron saint of that city is found. It is a simple building but at the same time very beautiful. It was built in 1489 in honor of María Santísima, to survive the plague that devastated the city in 1486.
Other recommended visits are the Mining Museum, the Miner’s Monument, the Terri Park or the Cinco Caños Fountain. If you like nature tourism then you have to trek through the Sierra de Alcudia or visit the Lagoa Volcanica Lagoon.
Visit the small traditional shops of the center or the Mercado de Abastos and take the essence of Puertollano, a bottle of local liquor, the mistela; or the flavor of its sweets, acquiring Puertollano craft products such as mantecados, frying pan fruits, mostillo, pestiños and perrunillas de manteca in small bakeries.
In the craft shops, you will find the typical mud clay pots in which the chorizo in oil and the sour water cavern are kept. The leather embossing and wood carving are also traditional in the region.